East African students on chartered airplane en route to the United States

East African students on chartered airplane en route to the United States

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Kenya
September 1960
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: East Africa, Kenya
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Students from East Africa on a chartered plane en route to Idlewild Airport in New York City from Kenya in September 1960. Earlier in 1960, the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation gave $100,000 to the African American Students Foundation, which paid for three charted flights from Kenya to bring students from East and Central Africa, mostly from Kenya, to use scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities. The chartered flights became known as the "airlift." These flights occurred before Kenya became independent in December 1963. 
Used by permission of Cora Weiss.
Collection: African American Students Foundation (Cora Weiss) collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections